Recognizing nurses for excellence in the art and science of nursing for 28 years.
The event honors one hundred RNs who were nominated by their peers and selected for being role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers and significant contributors to the nursing profession. The nurses recognized come from all practice areas in nursing including acute care, sub-acute care, school nursing, nurse leaders, academics and many more.
The DFW Great 100 Nurses Celebration originally stemmed from an idea by P.K. Scheerle, a registered nurse and successful entrepreneur, who founded a similar event to recognize nurses in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 1991, Dr. Beth Mancini, PhD, RN, Sarah Moody, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Lucy Norris, MS, RN, CENP and Judy Denison, MS, RN, NEA-BC worked with the community to create the DFW Great 100 Nurses. ”Since its inception, the DFW Great 100 Nurses has always been about lifting up nurses for recognition of their contributions to the individual patient, families and communities in which they live and work and across the continuum of care including education. The organization’s ability to support the community of nurses includes not only recognition, but scholarships to assist nurses who are pursing BSN and advanced degrees. Nurses have great impact and this organization allows that to be recognized”, stated Past President, Dr. Cole Edmonson.
The Great 100 celebration raises the awareness of the contributions of nurses to patient care, research, leadership, education and community service of more than 50,000 nurses practicing in the DFW area. In addition, the celebration builds the image of nursing through positive reinforcement of the profession as a scientific art and the recognition of those who exemplify excellence. “The Dallas - Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses has allowed these amazing stories to be about each nurse who is nominated; stories of courage, strength, resilience, and the lives of each patient they touch. Not only at the bedside, but in the boardroom, schoolroom, and throughout the community.” , stated Victoria England, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC President of the DFW Great 100.
It is a special honor for a nurse to be nominated by family members, patients, peers, former teachers, physicians, and administrators. Over the past twenty-eight years, this award has become recognized throughout the nursing community in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as an esteemed honor and prestigious accomplishment.